BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – Two men are now behind bars on charges related to burglary of a convenience store and theft of lottery tickets worth $2,725.
On Wednesday, Baxter County Sheriff's deputies responded to an alarm at the Snappy Mart Convenience Store in Lakeview at 9:41 p.m. When they got there they found a window broken out of the store, and a plexiglass display case that held Arkansas lottery tickets was missing.
It was determined that 1,116 scratch-off lottery tickets had been stolen with a face value of $2,725.
At around 11:12 p.m. a man tried to redeem 21 scratch-off tickets at the Flash Market #384 Convenience store in Midway, but the Lottery Commission had already flagged the tickets as stolen so the suspect couldn't redeem them.
Then, the next morning, the same suspect tried to redeem the tickets at the Novak Liquor Store in Midway, where he was denied again.
On Thursday afternoon a woman reported to the sheriff's office earlier that day she had been sold four lottery tickets that had already been scratched off by David Scott Albretch, 30, of Whiteville. She took them to the Citgo Convenience Store in Gassville, where she was told that the tickets had been reported stolen.
At around 4:44 p.m. sheriff's deputies and other officers performed a search of Albrecht's house and found three scratch-off tickets in the trash can in the kitchen. The numbers on these tickets matched those that had been stolen. There were also remains of the plexiglass display case found in a burn barrel outside.
During the investigation, Garrett Dean Marler, 20, of Lakeview was developed as the suspect in the Snappy Mart burglary, and the person who had attempted to redeem those stolen lottery tickets at the two businesses in Midway.
Officers were told that Marler would be driving his vehicle to his home in Lakeview later that evening. He was located and arrested.
Nearly 850 stolen tickets were found at his home in Lakeview. Some had been scratched off and some had not.
Marler was taken to the Baxter County Detention Center, and his bond was set at $35,000. He is scheduled to appear in circuit court on November 21. He is facing felony charges of commercial burglary, theft of property, and 24 counts of lottery fraud.
Albrecht was also taken to the Baxter County Detention Center, and his bond was set at $790. He will also appear in court on November 21. He is facing misdemeanor charges of theft of receiving and contempt of court.